FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The 2017 season is already off to a bad start for the Jets.
Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa is expected to miss the upcoming season after suffering a neck injury in the team’s practice at MetLife Stadium Saturday.
Coach Todd Bowles told reporters Monday that Enunwa has a bulging disk in his neck and that a second opinion will likely confirm that he needs surgery, which requires a six- to nine-month recovery. The injury is not believed to be career threatening, Bowles said.
Despite being untouched in seven-on-seven drills, Enunwa fell to the turf face-first after dropping a pass from Christian Hackenberg.
Trainers attended to Enunwa for several minutes before the receiver got to both knees, stood and then walked slowly to the locker room.
Losing Enunwa is a major blow to the Jets’ inexperienced receiving corps. With both Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker cut in the offseason, Enunwa was projected to be New York’s No. 1 receiver.
Enunwa’s 80 career receptions ranked him first among wide receivers on the Jets’ current roster. Marquess Wilson is next with 56, followed by Robby Anderson and newly signed Bruce Ellington, who each have 42.
Last season, Enunwa had 58 catches for 857 yards and four TDs.
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